Friday Felines
A Crafty Gift for Teacher

Blooming in June: Lovely Lavender

Just harvested a bunch to hang and dry inside ...

Lavender sprig 1

It looks pretty here in the window, where there's enough light for a picture, but I actually moved the sprig to our bedroom closet as apparently lavender is good for warding off moths. The smell is so very lovely ... except it does make me sneeze a little!

So I found this wonderful recipe for "Lavender Linen Water" and thought I'd share it with you all. How nice would it be to have lavender-scented bedsheets this summer?

From Home Enlightenment: Practical, Earth-Friendly Advice for Creating a Nurturing, Healthy and Toxin-Free Home and Lifestyle by Annie B. Bond:

"With this simple formula you can "sweeten" your linens, and if you aren't sensitive to essential oils, you can use it to freshen rooms. Sprinkle on sheets or other linens for a fresh scent and spray on linens before you iron them."

1 teaspoon (100 drops) lavender essential oil

5-10 drops peppermint, spearmint, or rosemary essential oil (optional)

2 ounces 80+ proof vodka

Bottle with tight-fitting lid

24 ounces distilled water

Pour the essential oils and vodka into a bottle. Tighten the lid and shake until the oils are emulsified (suspended throughout). Mix with the distilled water. Shake well before each use. Pour into a shaker jar or spray bottle to use. Shelf life: indefinite.

I have A LOT of lavender growing in that front, south-facing bed, so I'd love some suggestions for using/handling this herb (recipes, crafts, tending, etc.). Please leave a comment below if you have an idea for me - thanks!

And I hope you're all having a nice weekend ... it's a beautiful day here ... soccer in the morning, grilling at night ... feeling very thankful for all my blessings: health, home, family and friends.

Who could ask for more?